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Cinco De Mayo: Bridal Shower!

Something exciting in my neck of the woods recently is my little brother’s upcoming wedding… in just 2 weeks!!! As a bridesmaid and soon to be sister of the bride, I threw a bridal shower the weekend of May 7th, and since Carrie, the bride, loves Mexican food, we agreed on shaking up the traditional shower decor for a Cinco De Mayo theme!

Cinco De Mayo Party

One of the major benefits of doing a Cinco de Mayo party is the food choices were perfect for a party where you are not sure what the guest attendance will be. While we certainly sent out formal invites and asked for an RSVP, there were a LOT of unknowns, and this theme worked perfectly. Serving chips & dips allowed us to only open food as needed for guests, and while we had plenty of the Churro Puppy Chow made, and extra Margarita Cupcakes, both were easy to send home with guests with cute doggie bags.

I also realize now that I am incredibly camera shy with some of my posts. Guests began to arrive before we had gotten everything set up, and I was a bit timid with my photo taking… resulting in a couple of rushed photos. I’m not a huge fan of being “that person” who takes selfies at attractions or goes boldly around town taking carefully posed Instagram photos or doing outfit shots. I hate to think that I am still that self conscious, but its the truth. Something to work on I guess.

Decor

Just a little bit of decoration goes a long way, and tissue paper flowers are incredibly easy to make and very inexpensive when you make them yourself.

Corona “Vases”

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Paper Flowers

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Food

In addition to chips, salsa, and dip, we also served margarita cupcakes and chocolate churro puppy chow, which is probably the best puppy chow I have ever made!

Margarita Cupcakes

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Chocolate Churro Puppy Chow

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Bridal Shower Games

With grandparents and aunts present, it is best to stick with appropriate party games, and it only takes a handful of games before the gift opening. Its also fun to have gifts for the winners of each game, and Target’s “Bullseye’s Playground” has some awesome options for just $1, such as stationary or other fun items.

Don’t Say Bride

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This is a fun game to start with to break the ice. The concept is that everyone gets a ring when they arrive, and saying “bride” loses you your ring to whoever calls you on it. The person with the most rings at the end wins! I loved the handouts for the game, and I re-created it without any names on it, and have it here for you to download!

What’s In Your Purse?

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A bridal shower classic, this is a great game to start with, as it gets everyone digging into their purses and discussing how they never put anything in their purse, and how others put everything! Not surprised my mom cleaned house on this one. I also re-created this game without any bride specific names for download as well! Color is the coral from Carrie’s wedding colors.

For more games, I highly recommend checking out this post from Beau-Coup. While I didn’t use all of them, I did do the “ask the bride” and “Pass the Presents”. Whatever games you choose to play, just remember to have fun!

 

 

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • When I first saw @miss_stryx post her challenge, it really shook me. What AM I most afraid of? My first thought... was everything. Which made me realize that honestly, my biggest fear is losing control of my PTSD. I was diagnosed with PTSD 9 years ago, but it  took a good few years before I really understood what that even meant and how it impacted how I felt each day. It took even more years of counseling and amazing support from my friends and family before I was able to really get control of it. I'm happy to say that I'm now at a place where I live with PTSD but it doesn't control me. That being said, I'm always terrified of what might happen if it would spiral away from me again.
My second greatest fear is something that has plagued me from my childhood, but became an outright phobia and trigger once I developed PTSD. That is a fear of needles.  Shots, giving blood, and especially IVs.  Then it hit me... what is the perfect combination of both of these  fears? A lobotomy. A very controversial treatment used in the past on people with mental illness, involving a huge needle. 
From that terrifying vision came an awesome collaboration with some really great friends, and filmed and edited by the INSANELY talented @jibclimmer to complete my first ever horror short film. I'm so thankful to have so many talented and wonderful people that were willing and excited about making this vision a reality. I hope this isn't too dark for you guys, but I totally understand if it is! The idea actually terrified me and I put myself in the very center of it! Ultimately, filming this was actually not scary at all, as I have such incredible friends, and I was in a safe space the entire time. This particular version of the film is not the final version, since we were limited to 60 seconds on Instagram. Very soon we hope to have the entire short film up and posted and I will make sure to let you all know when that is live on YouTube! It is with great pleasure that I present to you my entry for round 1 of the #StrykingFEAR contest.
  • What would you do if you foresaw the telling of your own death? Here are some stills of my round 2 entry for the #StrykingFEAR contest. To see  the backstory on my Undead fortune-teller,  check out my last post for a quick short film introduction. The 2 part tutorial video should hopefully be up on the blog shortly!
  • For round 2 of the #StrykingFEAR contest, the character I was initially least excited about was the fortune teller. Why? Because fortune tellers are usually great beauty makeups. While I love doing horror looks, I really can't say I'm great shakes at beauty makeup. And then it hit me... what a great opportunity to do something outside my comfort zone AND something familiar with a two part makeup? I borrowed a crystal ball from a friend, ordered tarot cards, and learned a little bit on how to do a reading and pulled together an ending to this fortune teller's story… or should I say beginning?
  • When your sling gives you a full blown chronic pain flareup. Laying on the floor with my legs up to help take pressure off my lower back, and mystic seems pretty concerned. Good thing I have episode three of the @girlinspacepodcast to listen to!If you haven't started listening to this audio drama, you need to check it out ASAP! #chronicpain #chronicfatigue #lifeinasling #girlinspace #findme
  • Good things happen when you leave the apartment for the first time in a week! These must've gotten dropped off when I was taking a nap, I opened my front door to find this gorgeous Halloween bouquet on my doormat from @bkbecker! I just can't get over those adorable bats!!! #ihavethebestfriends #halloween
  • Rose Madder has an ethereal beauty and raw feminine power, however, something is off... something not quite human. The shadows under her skin would be perhaps leprosy, perhaps something worse, and her eyes are rabid with madness. “Don't look at her face! That is not for the likes of you.”
She was fascinated by the texture of the woman's back, her bare shoulder, and the lower part of her neck. The skin was finer than watered silk. But farther up on her neck... Rosie didn't know what those grey Shadows lurking just below her hairline could be, and didn't think she wanted to know. Bites were her first wild thought, but they weren't bites. Rosie knew bites. Was it leprosy? Something worse? Something contagious? 
Products used in this look are: 
Woochie cream makeup in Dead Guy Grey, @mehronmakeup aqua color in white and gray, Light green cream makeup from the zombie color set from Woochie, Eyeshadows from the @tartecosmetics artist palette.
Gold aqua color from the Mehron brilliant palette, @bennyemakeup bruise wheel.
Full tutorial on the blog!
  • One of the reasons I love Stephen King novels is because he illustrates just enough of the character for your imagination to kick in and fill in the horrifying details that make it real and terrifying for each individual. Because this has never before been made into a motion picture I was really excited to be able to make my own spin on how Rose Madder would appear for round 3 of the #StrykingFEAR contest. Check out the full tutorial, now up on the blog, link in bio!

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